Dairy & Beef //

Our Demeter specialists comprise an exceptional team of experts actively engaged in agriculture, water and energy projects and programs around the world. Their breadth of expertise and depth of experience provide our clients with access to the very latest in research, technology, policy and strategic planning. Demeter specialists are, therefore, uniquely able to respond with relevant and appropriate solutions to specific conditions and needs wherever we are working.

Israel Flamenbaum, PhD is an internationally recognized agriculturist and expert in animal husbandry specializing in dairy cattle and farming. His work has focused, in particular, on strategic planning of dairy projects and programs in warm climates, with an emphasis on the relief of heat stress. Retired as the Director of the Division of Animal Husbandry of Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Flamenbaum now consults, advises and lectures internationally. He assists government institutions, dairy cooperatives and farms throughout the world. He has consulted and lectured in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, China, and Europe, providing solutions, training and programs for relieving heat stress and increasing productivity in dairy cattle. Dr. Flamenbaum earned his MSc and PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Oded Nir After working as a dairy clinician in large dairy farms in the Western Galilee region of Israel for 25 years, Oded Nir became Chief Veterinarian of Hachaklait (the Israeli national cooperative for veterinary services, which serves more than 90% of the dairy cattle population in the country). Mr. Nir initiated an integrated herd health program, a model which is being practiced in Israel and other countries (including Denmark, Italy and Spain). The model formed the basis for herd health regulations adapted in Denmark in 2006. Mr. Nir served for five years as Chief Veterinary Officer of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture, and now serves as a consultant to Afimilk. He published more than forty papers and one manual on herd health, focusing on epidemiology of production diseases and herd health issues of dairy cows. Mr. Nir has 3)received numerous awards, including one for Clinical Studies - from Liverpool University (1963); the British Veterinary Epidemiological Society; Israeli Veterinarian of the year award (1993); and the Kaplan Prize from the Israeli Institute for Advancement of Productivity. He has a BVSc from Liverpool University. 

Haim Dayan is an expert on raising cattle for meat. Since 2014, he has served as a consultant to farmers in Columbia, Latin America. Prior to that, Mr. Dayan was General Manager of the Beef Cattle breeders Association in Israel – which represents 240 beef cattle breeders – for 17 years. In this capacity, he represented beef cattle breeders' interests vis a vis government ministries and parliament members; recommended and drafted legislation related to cattle; handled agricultural theft (60% reduction);  promoted fresh meat marketing in cooperation with the National Dairy Council; supervised the treatment of imported calves and cattle semen; organized seminars and events; and succeeded in significantly increasing the weaning period. Prior to that, Mr. Dayan managed beef cattle herds in northern Israel (Golan heights), and lead the R&D efforts. He is also the owner of a beef cattle herd, and calves fattening- and feeding facilities. Mr. Dayan is a graduate of the Ruppin Academic Center, where he studied agriculture.

Rachel Gabrieli is Head of the Beef Department at the Extension Service of Israel's Ministry of Agriculture. In addition, she serves as a lecturer in the Department of Agriculture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, on beef cattle breeding. Prior to that, she served as an instructor at the Extension Service, providing comprehensive guidance to farmers on long-term herd management, including nutrition, animal behavior, breeding and financial management. Ms. Gabrieli is currently involved in research projects for the development and assimilation of Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) technologies in extensive grazing cattle operations, and in developing and implementing a wide range of automated monitoring activity systems for grazing beef herds (heat detection, health monitoring, calving and stress detection). She has taught courses in China, and serves as Head of the Beef Cattle Breeding Committee of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture. She has an MSc from Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University and is currently working on her PhD. She has authored and co-authored numerous papers in her field.

Shyke Drori An expert on cattle, sheep and goats, Shyke Drori served as CEO of the Israel Meat Board and Israel Dairy Board from 2003 to 2014, where he was responsible for setting and managing dairy quotas and for representing the State of Israel at the International Dairy Federation (I.D.F); for creating and implementing strategic multi-year plans for the dairy sector in Israel; liaising with government bodies (including the Israeli parliament, in order to legislate a new law regulating the dairy sector); developing the agricultural sector as well as dairy plants in Israel; and coordinating between government entities and major food producers. Prior to that, from 1995 to 2003, Mr. Drori served as CEO of the Israel Sheep and Goat Breeders Association, where he managed and developed the goat and sheep sector (dairy, meat and genetics); developed and established dairy plants and tourist/visitor centers; and created and developed national cheese exports. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Kibbutz Nordia, where he was also responsible for the kibbutz's dairy enterprise (cows and sheep).

Uriel Avni is an international consultant and expert in agricultural economics and dairy herd management. With over 25 years of experience, he has gained broad national and international experience in agronomics and dairy science. Currently Mr. Avni is the CEO of Kibbutz Haogen and Chairman of Hof Hasharon Dairy Farm, one of the largest and most advanced dairy farms in Israel. He also served as the general manager of the Department of Agriculture in the TNUFA Administration, an operational administration in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for providing assistance to residents of the Gaza Strip and Northern Samaria. Uriel Avni earned his Masters in Economics & Dairy science at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; he also earned an Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University.